Hawaii jobless rate sinks to 17-month low of 7%

A woman walks by a hiring sign posted on the front window of Hawaiian Island Creations Friday at Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii’s unemployment rate dropped in August to a 17-month low of 7% — its seventh consecutive monthly decline — while job growth stalled due to a larger-than-typical summertime release of workers in the Department of Education.